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Barry Loudermilk's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (GA) - District 11, Republican
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Barry Loudermilk has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Endorsed by Georgia Right for Life http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/31618/barry-loudermilk/2#.Ve8d03UVikp (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.3504 "Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53878 (votesmart.org)
  • "Life is the ultimate right endowed by God and it is the responsibility of governments to protect that right not to destroy it." http://loudermilkforcongress.com/issues/ (loudermilkforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a pledge stating " [...] oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses [...]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge#.VXCwqnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "True tax reform can only be achieved by abolishing both the IRS and the current tax code and replacing both with a simpler and equitable tax system such as the Flat Tax, Fair Tax or Simple Tax." http://loudermilkforcongress.com/issues/ (loudermilkforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As Jefferson warned, allowing limitless borrowing will result in an overexpansion of government. Imposing a balanced budget requirement on Congress, will not only bring economic and fiscal stability, but will naturally constrain the growth of government." http://loudermilkforcongress.com/issues/ (loudermilkforcongress.com)
  • Northwest Georgia News "The JOBS Act also repeals the state's requirement for businesses to pre-pay estimated sales taxes. Refunding the deposits will put an immediate $160 million back into the state's economy without any cost to Georgia taxpayers." http://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/rome/news/barry-loudermilk-s-column-march/article_03c784ef-7f78-5809-92ff-add0d420182c.html (www.northwestgeorgianews.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "[...] oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge#.VXCwqnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "To secure America’s long-term economic independence, grow our economy, and ensure our national security, we must: Call for a simpler, fairer tax code." https://loudermilk.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=15007 (loudermilk.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of "S 1 - A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51299#.VXCy63UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "With one stroke of his veto pen, President Obama has blocked the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline -- a project that was expected to provide thousands of jobs for hardworking Americans." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/951539/rep-barry-loudermilk-issues-statement-on-presidents-keystone-xl-pipeline-veto#.VXC1OXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe we must adopt an all-of-the-above energy strategy that improves our energy security and emphasizes all energy opportunities, including those which reduce greenhouse gases." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/987631/america-competes-reauthorization-act-of-2015 (votesmart.org)
  • Northwest Georgia News "While I believe there are merits to the idea of alternative energy, I have always been opposed to government subsidies. This is another form of wealth re-distribution, where citizens are taxed and their money is given to someone else to help them save money on their energy bills." http://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/rome/news/barry-loudermilk-s-column-march/article_03c784ef-7f78-5809-92ff-add0d420182c.html (www.northwestgeorgianews.com)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Last year, the EPA proposed a new set of regulations on existing power plants which will dramatically effect our economy if implemented. The Obama administration has been doing its best to convince the American people that these new standards would achieve great progress for our Nation, calling the proposal the clean power plan. Despite the illusions of good intentions, the devil is in the details of this proposed rule. What the administration does not want us to know is that these standards would wreak havoc on our economy and inflict enormous costs on the American consumer." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/987639/ratepayer-protection-act-of-2015/?search=emissions (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.2042 "Ratepayer Protection Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53662 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Second Amendment upholds this truth by restricting the federal government from passing any legislation that in any way infringes upon that natural right." http://loudermilkforcongress.com/issues (loudermilkforcongress.com)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/31618/barry-loudermilk/37 (votesmart.org)
  • "If guns killed people on their own, his (President Obama) executive order may have a limited effect. Unfortunately, by his inaction on securing our borders, ignoring terrorists' threats to infiltrate our nation, and redirecting law enforcement and national security resources to advance a political agenda, he has proven his plan is not to make America safer." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1056167/daily-signal-the-presidents-gun-plan-puts-radical-ideology-over-national-security (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The immediate solution is to totally defund all aspects of this law. We must then seek a full repeal of Obama care, and introduce patient-centered reforms that put the citizen in total charge of their health care decisions." http://loudermilkforcongress.com/issues/ (loudermilkforcongress.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 " http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/55150 (votesmart.org)
  • "To secure America’s long-term economic independence, grow our economy, and ensure our national security, we must: […] Repeal Obamacare and replace it with patient-centered reforms." https://loudermilk.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=15007 (loudermilk.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Barry is opposed to legalization for those who have illegally entered or illegally reside in this country." http://loudermilkforcongress.com/issues/ (loudermilkforcongress.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.B.87 "Immigration Enforcement Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/34623 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) signed on as a co-sponsor of H.R. 2802 […] The First Amendment Defense Act would prohibit the federal government from intruding on the individuals' right of conscience and safeguard churches, businesses, and organizations from being denied tax-exemptions, contracts, licenses, and certifications for adhering to traditional marriage views." http://loudermilk.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=274 (loudermilk.house.gov)
  • "Our freedoms, liberties and quality of life stems from a people that hold to a strong set of moral values and principles. We don't look to Hollywood for moral leadership; we look to ourselves, our families and communities, our faith, and our traditional values." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/886315/issue-position-stand-firm-for-the-traditional-values-we-hold-dear#.VXC1hnUVhH (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In order for America to remain free, safe, and full of opportunity, we must […] Remain vigilant and maintain an active role in the global fight against terror. Increase our military’s readiness and ability to combat threats such as ISIS" https://loudermilk.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=15004 (loudermilk.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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